The Bear Pond Watershed Survey process began with a steering committee meeting March 18. The survey began in May and continued over the summer. Results have been compiled in a draft report.
During the survey, we found that many landowners in the Bear Pond watershed have already taken steps to protect water quality. Surveyors found numerous open top culverts and waterbars across driveways, as well as dripline trenches under roof edges. These simple conservation measures do an effective job of minimizing, and in some cases eliminating, soil erosion. Landowners’ concern for protecting Bear Pond bodes well for future efforts to continue the great erosion control work.
In addition to the surveyed sites, numerous lakeshore properties were observed to
have little or no vegetated buffer at the water’s edge. Since the primary purpose of
this survey was to document erosion, not all of these sites were included in the survey results because some weren’t actively eroding. However, it is important to note buffers of shrubs and trees do a much more effective job than bare ground or grass to keep NPS pollution from entering lakes.
For the full survey draft report, click here.